Russia maintains Israeli settlement on Palestinian territory “illegal”

MOSCOW, Russia on Tuesday said it remains firm on its position that building Jewish settlements on Palestinian territories is illegal under international law, undermining any settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In a statement by its foreign ministry, Moscow condemned a US decision to support Israel as it seeks to build settlements in the occupied West Bank, saying the move further complicates the Middle East conflict.

Russia’s stance on the matter fully abides by UN Resolution 2334, which explicitly states that Israel’s settlement activities on Palestinian territories are “flagrant violations of international law,” added the statement.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday said the US is abandoning its decades-old position that the settlements are “inconsistent with international law.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency